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​​​Planned industrial action by junior doctors

T​he BMA has announced plans for junior doctors to take industrial action from 8am on Tuesday 26 April to 8am on Thursday 28 April

Patients and the wider public can  help us to ensure that the NHS continues to operate as effectively as possible during this busy period . Please visit www.nhs.uk/strike for local updates on additional services. 

The NHS is working hard to ensure that as few patients as possible are affected by the industrial action, but some services will need to change and some are likely to be busier than usual.

Junior doctors will be striking from 8am to 5pm each day, including withdrawal of cover in A&E departments. Essential care will be provided by senior staff. You can help the NHS cope by choosing the right service and attending A&E only if it is essential​

Patients in need of urgent and emergency care will continue to receive the treatment they need, when they need it. However, due to increased pressures over this period, those in less urgent need of care may experience longer waiting times than normal and some elective operations may need to be postponed or rearranged. In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.

Patients who have existing appointments with doctors and/or elective operations scheduled during the course of the industrial action are encouraged to contact their service provider as soon as possible to confirm the appointment or re-arrange if absolutely necessary.

People are also reminded of the other healthcare options available instead of calling 999 – such as visiting their pharmacist or GP, calling NHS 111 or using NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk).

More information is also available on local trust websites:

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

South London and the Maudsley​ NHS Trust